Vichy Elementary School was briefly put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon when law enforcement officers searched the area for two drug suspects.

Around noon Wednesday, agents with the Napa Special Investigations Bureau intercepted a drug transaction in the 1000 block of Bell Lane and attempted to detain the three suspects involved, the sheriff’s office said.

Two suspects allegedly fled in a white, GMC pick-up truck, driving toward an agent’s vehicle, causing the agent to take evasive maneuvers to avoid being struck.

The vehicle headed east on Monticello Road, but was quickly abandoned on a private driveway and the two suspects fled on foot, authorities said.

Drug agents, along with sheriff’s deputies and Napa police, set up a perimeter and began a search with K-9 units.

As a safety precaution, Vichy Elementary School, located off Monticello Road on Vichy Avenue, was put on lockdown, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies located the two suspects around 1:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of Monticello Road, and they were taken into custody.

Orlando Cervantes, a 25-year-old transient, was arrested on suspicion of evading a peace officer, selling methamphetamine, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the sheriff’s office.

Javier Casas Alvarez, 36, of Fairfield, was arrested on suspicion of selling a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime, the sheriffs office said. He was not arrested for evading officers because he was the passenger in the vehicle.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Briones, a 33-year-old Napa woman, was arrested in the 100 block of Bell Lane on suspicion of selling methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit a crime, authorities said.

The three were booked into the Napa jail.

About a half pound of methamphetamine was recovered, the sheriffs office said.

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I'm a Vichy parent and was very pleased with the way Napa Sheriffs and Napa PD handled this incident. Thanks to the officer and the staff at Vichy for keeping our kids safe!

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